Texting l-o-l or o-m-g behind the wheel may seem harmless, but in the five seconds it takes to look down at a cell phone, at 55 miles per hour you can drive the length of a football field.
"I have been guilty of it a couple times," said Callaway High School Junior Dayrl Jones.
"This is the #1 killer of teens in America, texting and driving and distracted driving," said Allstate Insurance Agent Steven James.
"Especially in Mississippi. More minority teens are dying because they're not following the rules of the roadways properly," said Dawn McLin, co-principal investigator at Meharry Medical School.
In the spirit of a pep rally at Callaway High School former Saints running back Deuce McAllister and Allstate Insurance teamed up to warn teens about the dangers of distracted driving.
"You know we got the band going on in the back ground. We're excited," said McAllister.
According to Allstate Foundation, reaching for the phone while driving increases your risk of a crash by nine times. One text is equivalent to driving while drunk. 330,000 people are injured by distracted drivers each year. Still, 82% of teens admit to texting while driving.
"Hopefully we can get the kids to just be cognizant of what they're doing on a daily basis and hopefully we can stop this epidemic," said McAllister.
In a step toward safer driving, Callaway teens used their thumbs to pledge to x the text.
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